Statistics on the low income of most full-time artists have been touched on in a number of threads here. The impoverished artist in a freezing garret, struggling to make the world see something new has become a cliché. Whilst original artists may be at the cutting edge of the cultural zeitgeist, it is very difficult to achieve financial success, wide acclaim or even understanding in one’s own lifetime. The vast majority of committed full-time fine artists who do not have an independent income must be prepared for poverty and indifference. That’s just how it is – that’s what the statistics tell us. It could be argued that, for the good of art, it must be this way. Do you think it must? Is there another way?